May 06, 2018 Stop Smoking
We know if we stop smoking and drinking we will be much healthier. However, managing to achieve both is extremely difficult because we enjoy them so much. Both past times cause irreparable damage to our bodies and reduce the quality of our lives. Health professionals constantly inform us of the dangers of both habits but we are reluctant to stop smoking for a number of reasons. Apart from the social aspects of smoking and drinking we also use them to self-medicate in times of stress. Wine Fridays are common amongst school mums after the toils for parenthood and school runs. A glass or three of wine at the end of the working day helps to relax people after a stressful day at work. People smoke because the sheer act of inhaling nicotine and taking time out gives them time to relax. There are much healthier ways to destress ourselves without using toxic chemicals. Excessive smoking leads to lung damage and frequent drinking may destroy your liver. Both conditions are a drain on the NHS and considerably reduce the quality of your life. It is vitally important for you and your family to look after yourself and find better ways to relax.We inhale over 4000 chemicals when we smoke 40 of them cause cancer and another 400 are toxic. Tobacco consists of nicotine, tar, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, cyanide and arsenic. You are literally inhaling a huge amount of poison and causing danger to people nearby through passive smoking. Formaldehyde preserves dead bodies, arsenic and cyanide are poisons which feature in Agatha Christie novels while carbon monoxide kills people in their sleep. These are incredibly good reasons to stop smoking. Sticky tar coats the inside of our lungs decreasing the capacity and making it difficult to breathe. The more smoke we inhale the greater damage it causes our lungs. The nicotine is highly addictive because it helps us to relax and generally feel good. It is highly carcinogenic and causes diseases like cancer, emphysema, heart disease and affects the growth rate of unborn children. The smoke we see is only half the story as the invisible smoke is just as toxic. (Source: Quitsmoking Support) Our relationship with cigarettes is resilient and long with its foundations in antiquity. Our ancestors smoked to summon up spirits to have a greater understanding of the world around them. Smoking arrived in Europe in the 16th century and we have been doing it ever since. At first for medicinal purposes then because it made use look sophisticated. Cigarettes were the motivation for soldiers during the second world war and film stars looked cool and sophisticated in equal measure. It is hardly surprising we still see them in a positive light. The government encourages us to stop smoking by increasing prices, preventing you from doing it in public places and adorning packets with tumours and sticky lungs. There is a lot of support available and different ways to help you quit. E-cigarettes, nicotine gum and patches, Apps, talking groups and synthetic nicotine treatment like Champix help you to stop smoking. Ultimately the only person who can stop smoking is you!
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